Made My Bed

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Project by Thuan posted 04-05-2008 11:13 PM 4469 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked for a daybed, so I wanted to get it done quickly because I realized that if she wants something and I can get it to her before she had forgotten she had asked for it two years ago, then I would get points that can be traded in later for all sorts of things.

So it took me about 10 days, working on it a several hours a day. I had a fuzzy idea as to what the final product would look like, and I refined the vision as production progressed. This is not a hard thing to do for two reasons:

1. The economy of wood once again took the lead on the design of this day bed. The stock dimensional poplar at Lowe’s comes in six and eight foot length. The mattress comes in at 74” long. Trading the original mortise and tenons idea for dowels drawn tight with pocket screws saved me from purchasing 8 foot goods. Thus the dovetail on the headboard was my attempt to stretch a six foot board.
2. My limited tools and skills determined everything else.

Overall, the bed worked. It can be dismantled in minutes and it’s surprisingly strong and sturdy. I since put a few coats of shellac on the important parts of the bed since brushing shellac into all the nooks and crannies would really put me to sleep.

-- Thuan

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#1 posted 04-05-2008 11:20 PM

GREAT job——you used wonderful ingenuity in the course you chose for the project.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#2 posted 04-05-2008 11:34 PM

well done and sweet design.. the light and dark contrasting grain on the headboard looks cool, ... so does the use of dovetails …

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 04-05-2008 11:41 PM

You said something about your limited tools and skills? There is nothing limited about this bed. Good design and finish product.

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#4 posted 04-05-2008 11:41 PM

FINE JOB! It matches the decor of the room you have it in very well.

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 04-06-2008 12:03 AM

as always great looking job thaun ! well thought out as well

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#6 posted 04-06-2008 12:39 AM

wow great job and great design. those are nice dovetails, i’m not sure if you mentioned it or not but are they hand cut or did you use a jig. great job!

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#7 posted 04-06-2008 01:10 AM

Thuan, Great looking project. I like how the Dovetails provide a decoritive look to the bed as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 04-06-2008 01:52 AM

This is excellent, Thuan. I love your style. But limited skills? Give me a break! I always look forward to your posts. Its a beautiful bed.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 04-06-2008 01:52 AM

You did this with hand tools right? You get extra points for that! Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 04-06-2008 02:07 AM


-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#11 posted 04-06-2008 03:04 AM

Great bed,design and job! (100 Points) Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#12 posted 04-06-2008 03:19 AM

That is one fine bed! Wow! I love the dovetail details.

-- Young Padiwan Woodworker

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#13 posted 04-06-2008 04:03 AM

Thanks for the kinds words guys,

To answer some questions, here’s a picture of me hand cutting the dovetails for the bed slat rails on the floor of the living room in my pajamas, November 2007. The bed is on the background standing up to conserve space. Good times.

-- Thuan

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#14 posted 04-06-2008 05:12 AM

Another great project Thuan. Nice job on those dovetails.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#15 posted 04-06-2008 01:38 PM

Great job, did you ever give any thought to building a fold up bench so you don’t have to work on the floor? :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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